Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Blog Overload

I stopped reading blogs written by people I don't know. I found myself spending more time online recently than I like. I also wanted to do something or give up something during Lent. So this is what I chose. It's been nice in a couple of ways. One, I'm spending less time online. Two, I'm not comparing my life to the lives of people I don't know. It's too easy for me to see the snippets some one posts and then make assumptions about who they are. And those people who portray such rosy, perfect lives - well, I'd feel a bit bummed sometimes after reading their posts, even though I know their lives aren't quite as perfect as they portray them to be. (And really, my life is pretty great, but some people really make it look like they "do it all" and I got tired of reading about it.)

Anyway, I enjoy the blogs written by people I know and have a connection to in the real world. Sometimes I think it's too distracting from my present environment when I spend time reading about the lives of people I don't know and interact with and am most likely not going to interact with. Some of the blogs I read are witty and encouraging and I can glean some valuable things from them, but I figure I can also most likely glean such things from people in my social circles.

So, if I know you and you blog, I'll read your blog. If I don't know you, I won't be reading your blog, and honestly, you probably aren't reading this blog either, so it all works out just fine.

1 comment:

  1. I have been thinking about your post since you wrote it...I'm fascinated because I think I'm the opposite. I love to read blogs of people I know but I have a harder time feeling jealous or inadequate of someone I actually know. Somehow I imagine that this person I know is "doing it all" but when I read the blog of someone I don't know, I don't think any further than the post I'm reading! Isn't that funny? Blessings to you this Lent season.